Best practices for managing portable computers

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Best practices for managing portable computers

A portable computer is a laptop computer or notebook computer that moves physically from one location to another. A portable computer might connect to your network intermittently or not at all. A portable computer might connect to your network through a virtual private network (VPN), a wireless network, or both.

Consider the following best practices for managing portable computers:

  • Install the portable computers as managed computers.

    Administering managed computers is easy, because you access the managed computers directly from Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager.

    If your company has the portable computers that never connect to the network, install unmanaged clients on them. Unmanaged clients do not communicate with Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager and receive updates directly from Symantec LiveUpdate servers.

  • Create a group for the managed portable computers.

    Placing the managed portable computers in one group lets you manage the computers as a single unit.

  • Strengthen the protection technologies for remote users.

    See the Symantec Technical Support knowledge base article, General security practices for network administrators.

See Installing an unmanaged Windows client.

See Adding a group.

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